watching viva zapata (1952)Posted: 11/06/2011
Viva Zapata! is a 1952 fictional-biographical film directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by John Steinbeck, using as a guide Edgcomb Pinchon’s book, ‘Zapata the Unconquerable’, a fact that is not credited in the titles of the film. It is a fictionalized account of the life of Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata from his peasant upbringing, through his rise to power in the early 1900s, to his death. << Read more on Wikipedia.
These are some quick words from my notebook, which I jotted down after watching the movie:
People of all classes are cursed. The rich are cursed with cunning money. The poor are cursed with the wrath of hunger. The middle class are cursed with their head-weight that comes with intellectualism. Those of us who wish to transcend groupism of any sort are cursed with foolishness. Those of us who fight within and for our groups are cursed with the thinness of hope.
Where in this can humanity see a door? A door which can be opened into a world where the man around my street corner is as equal to me as the one who write the law by which all three of us are governed.
Sometimes…maybe, hope seems to be the biggest folly of humanity, but with no hope there is no humanity.
Humanity is cursed with the history of our own constructs, of our own beliefs, of what is society, government, religion, nation, justice, law and order, the oppressed and the oppressors.
The prolonged fate of humanity is cursed for a century or more, if this planet manages to stay alive. We will remain as those who have the right to make others work and those who are made to work, for the rest of our lives.
The depressing truth is, it is hard to reassess and question the constructs of this humanity we are a part of, in to which we throw generations of lives and minds made to fight endlessly for survival with one another.
What pleasure does it give us to hold our breath and hoard? When is this hibernation festival we are waiting for?